Casstiel by Sheri-Lynn Marean
I didn’t realize that this book was part of a series. I was a little confused in the beginning but after a few pages, I was up to speed on what was going on. I actually chose the book because of the cover but I’m glad I did. The author wrote a spellbinding novel of a fantastic world filled with dragons. The more I read, the more I wanted to learn about this world.
When Casstiel’s mate dies, he should have entered the afterlife with her yet he stayed tethered to the world. He stopped living. Hell bent on destroying the one he was bound to, he searched ten years to find her. Yet when he finds her, he never expected to be attracted and protective of her. Feeling as if he is betraying his mate, war rages within him as he fights his feelings for Ashara.
Ashara is such a wonderful and complex character. Raised as a slave and breeding machine for the Ilium, she should have been a broken mess. She rose from the ashes of despair, never losing herself and is one of the strongest characters in the book. I admire her gentleness and selflessness.
This book is a dragon shifter romance yet it is so much more. It is a story of love, loss and heartache. The characters go through so much that it will have your emotions in a whirlwind. The story is detailed and descriptive, bringing the world alive. I think the book is definitely worth the read and I will be looking forward to more books from this author.